The ‘B’ word is strangely absent from the conversation today

by Rashmee

Posted on June 24, 2020 / The Focus


Today is the fourth anniversary of Brexit. Hardly anyone is marking the occasion. Take a look at the eight front pages below. None of them refer to that transformative event, which set off a period of intense political turmoil in Britain, paralysing Parliament, polarising the country and pushed two Conservative prime ministers out of office. The Brexit … Continue reading “The ‘B’ word is strangely absent from the conversation today”

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#Brexit shows the perils of politicians passing the buck to the public

by Rashmee

Posted on June 28, 2016


Could the British parliament make the big decision? Is it required to do so? Yes, according to Dr Jo Murkens, LSE law professor. And others, not least Conservative MP Ken Clarke. But Dr Murkens lays out the clearest case for parliament doing what it’s meant to in a parliamentary democracy. On Monday, she told LBC that British … Continue reading “#Brexit shows the perils of politicians passing the buck to the public”

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A stylebook for CEOs of countries? With rules on how to refer to refugees?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 4, 2015


Should the chief executives of countries – David Cameron of the UK, for instance – have a stylebook that governs kosher/halal phrases? Something along the lines of the Associated Press Stylebook, which dropped the use of the words “illegal immigrant” in Apri 2013, because it believes that “’illegal’ should describe only an action” not a … Continue reading “A stylebook for CEOs of countries? With rules on how to refer to refugees?”

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Unknown knowns: Bloomberg’s Cameron vote had many dying metaphors

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2015


One day after the British election and I can’t help but recall Michael Bloomberg’s championship of David Cameron. It was a great example from across the pond of political language that relies on dead imagery to bring a concept alive. Mr Bloomberg, of course, is the former mayor of New York City, the founder and majority owner … Continue reading “Unknown knowns: Bloomberg’s Cameron vote had many dying metaphors”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK